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File Photo. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has confirmed the release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), Quarter 2, 2020 results, has been further delayed. In a statement, Stats SA attributed the delay to a new collection methodology imposed by COVID-19 restrictions. From 27 March 2020, the national statistics…
The Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, has distanced himself from reports that suggest he influenced the awarding the COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders in his province. The Sunday Times reported that Saul’s special advisor’s wife, Mandisa Shushu, received a R13 million tender to supply the police with one…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 625 056 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 2 505 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 674 872 with 21 902 new tests conducted…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte has confirmed that Ace Magashule has received a letter, summoning him to appear before the party's integrity commission. This follows Magashule's interview with the public broadcaster in which he said that people should not step aside simply because they are facing…
The TRC’s first hearings in 1996. Left to right: Nomonde Calata, a TRC counsellor, and Nyameka Goniwe. Jon Hrusa/Sunday Times. The wife of one of the Cradock Four, councillor Nyameka Goniwe, has died. Tributes are pouring in for Goniwe, the speaker of Inxuba Yethemba municipality in Cradock, who died after…
Chairperson of the SAPO board Comfort Ngidi, Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, CEO of SAPO Mark Barnes and Deputy Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams present the framed Presidential Stamp to the President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture:GCIS. The former South African Post Office chairperson and attorney Comfort Ngidi has passed away. SA Post Office…
Photo Credit:@RevChikane. The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is officially launching its anti-corruption campaign against the looting of COVID-19 funds. The SACC says its entire membership of all 36 churches and organisations will take part in the campaign. The council says the launch will also be the beginning of…
President Cyril Ramaphosa will subject himself to the ANC’s Integrity Commission after surviving a push by senior party members for him to step down, according to reports from the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting at the Saint George Hotel. Ramaphosa will be the first sitting ANC president to appear…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Istanbul has banned indoor weddings, engagement parties and other ceremonies from Monday as coronavirus cases and deaths hit the highest level in Turkey in more than two months. Indonesia has reported its biggest rise in infections for a third successive day, while Ukraine and…
Summary of Latest Developments. Russia's coronavirus cases surpassed 980,000 after the country reported 4,829 new cases in the last 24 hours. The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America surpassed seven million, as legislators in Argentina's capital passed a law allowing relatives to maintain a bedside vigil for patients dying…
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialized agency for Capacity Development, joins the Continent in celebrating the re-election of H.E Akinwumi ADESINA as President of the African Development Bank Group. ACBF sees the re-election of President Adesina to lead the Bank Group for a second term as…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has been asked to step aside from her new role as an MPL. This as the ANC national executive committee is set for a weekend of intense meetings where the issue of corruption and fraud within party ranks is expected to…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Rand Water is planning to curb water demand from August 2020 until January 2021. Ekurhuleni Municipality said it has received a letter from Rand Water, informing the city that various stages and levels of restrictions will be imposed on the bulk supply meters of Rand Water, in…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba launches his new political party, The People’s Dialogue. The new party has attracted interest across the board as Mashaba has lambasted many of his political rivals since leaving office Watch Live:Herman Mashaba's Political Party Launch. Video Courtesy of SABC.
South Africa has recorded a total of 620 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 846 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 632 311 with 14 329 new tests conducted since the last report. A further …
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says people who had applied for their Smart IDs or passports before 26 March 2020 at their selected banks can now go and collect them. “The department, in partnership with the banks which participate in the online system for smart ID card and passport applicationsa,…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has penned a letter challenging President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a hard hitting response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s letter to party members sent out earlier this week, Zuma, in an open letter to Ramaphosa and other high-ranking ANC members, wrote on Friday that by…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been collaborating with small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the chemicals, agro-processing and biotechnology industry to translate research into market-ready products. Over the years, the CSIR has – through its Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) – transferred 104…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has assured the enraged community that those responsible for the murder of an Eldorado Park teenager this week will face the full might of the law. Cele made the commitment on Friday after visiting the family of Nathaniel Julius, 16, who was shot dead…
File Photo. The Constitutional Court has dismissed public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s attempt to appeal against the damning judgment that invalidated her report on the Gupta-linked Estina Dairy Project matter. The full court found Mkhwebane’s application for leave to appeal against the scathing rulings given against her by Pretoria high court…
Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko visited the family of the 16-year-old who was shot in Eldorado Park allegedly at the hands of the police. The death of a 16-year-old Down Syndrome boy has sparked violent protests in the Johannesburg suburb of Eldorado Park. It is alleged that Nathaniel Julius…
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has applauded law enforcement officials for the arrest of three Home Affairs officials and their external partners involved in issuing fraudulent identity documents. The officials were arrested in two separate operations in Emalahleni and Pretoria. Edwell Muntu Monareng, a mobile operator from the Emalahleni…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will implement fiscal and economic reforms to raise confidence and grow the economy. This comes at the back of a rising public debt that was incurred as government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the main, government debt is expected to reach R3.9 trillion in…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture hears evidence related to the Free State Asbestos project from the Head of the provincial Human Settlements Department Mr Nthimotse Mokhesi. Livestream Below:State Capture Inquiry. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi hosts a media briefing on the Department of Home Affairs services following the announcement of the Lockdown Alert Level 2 by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday 15th August 2020. Livestream Below:Home Affairs Media Briefing. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. President Cyril Ramaphosa says over and above the regulations aimed at ensuring public servants don’t do business with the State, government is strengthening financial and HR processes as a deterrent to the practice. He said this when he fielded questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. “In the…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says 95% of all provincial and national government departments have submitted all information requested to the Inter-Ministerial Committee in relation to COVID-19 procurement. This comes after Cabinet established a ministerial team to compile and collate a comprehensive report of the details of all tenders and contracts awarded…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa says Cabinet has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Employment of Foreign Nationals. Fielding questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, the President said the IMC will deal with the migration of foreign nationals for employment. “To ensure a coherent and sustainable solution to…
While the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is urging taxpayers to make use of its electronic filing platforms, taxpayers who are unable to make use of these platforms will be able to access SARS offices for assistance. “From 1 September to 22 October 2020, taxpayers can visit our SARS branches…
Former South African National Defence Force surgeon general Vejay Ramlakan. Picture: YouTube Screengrab. Former SANDF Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Vejay Ramlakan, has died, aged 62. He was best known as former President Nelson Mandela’s doctor and controversially authored Mandela’s last years. He served in Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded a total number 618 286 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 2585 new cases in the last 24 hours. Case Data: Province Total cases for 27 August 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 85625 13,8 Free State…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been summoned to appear before the ruling party’s Integrity Commission. This follows Magashule's interview with the public boadcaster in which he said that people should not step aside simply because they are facing allegations. This is in contradiction to the resolutions taken…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Cabinet has approved two training programmes that will boost their commitment to build State capacity, said Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. The Minister announced this during his address on Thursday, following the Cabinet meeting which held on Wednesday. Mthembu said the Economic Governance Spring School training…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the violence being perpetrated by men against women and children has become a national emergency. Ramaphosa said the struggle to end gender-based violence and femicide can only succeed if society as a whole is mobilised and organised behind a common programme of action. He…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation says Vaal Dam levels have declined further this week. “The dam fell from 39.6% last week to 38.8% this week. The dam has hovered under the neutral 50% mark for a number of months now, [and it had been at 61.3%]…
Cabinet has welcomed the country’s move to alert level 2 of the lockdown, the executive has warned that the fight against the virus could be hindered by the reckless behaviour of some in society. The view was on Thursday relayed by Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, during a post-Cabinet…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa replies to oral questions in an online engagement Thursday afternoon. Questions to the President include issues around government’s partnership with civil society in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide; and the combating of corruption in the public and private sectors, particularly in relation to…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission will hear evidence related to the ANN7 broadcast channel and state capture on Thursday. The Commission is expected to hear evidence from former Household Manager at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Ramaru Mekgwe; current Household Manager at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Jacques Human and former SABC journalist Gillian Pillay.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will brief media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa will also be answering questions remotely in the National Assembly on Thursday. Livestream Below: Cabinet Media Briefing. Courtesy of ENCA.
File Photo. A maximum of 66% of students will be allowed to return to university campuses, in line with the country's shift to level 2 of the national lockdown. Briefing the media on Wednesday on the department’s plans for level 2, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande,…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo has called for partnerships on the African continent to develop a water and sanitation flagship programme in order to improve the delivery of services to citizens. Mahlobo was speaking during a virtual address convened by the Water Research Commission (WRC)…
The Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court is set to sit for the application for leave to appeal the bail conditions granted to seven Chinese nationals, arrested for alleged human trafficking and the violation of South Africa’s labour laws. In a statement the Department of Employment and Labour said the seven, who are…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as historic the online publication of a list of all COVID-19 related government expenditure. The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) has published a full list of all companies, which have been awarded contracts by government for the supply of goods and…
In a bid to enhance bilateral trade and investment ties, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) - in collaboration with Wesgro - will host a virtual wine mission to South Korea. Wesgro is the Western Cape’s destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency. Thursday’s virtual wine mission, which…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 615 701 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This an increase of 2684 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 598 973 with 20 137 new tests conducted since…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is studying a report from the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) on the Talana Temporary Residential Units (TRUs) in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Following public concerns about the handing over of 40 units constructed for occupants in the overcrowded Talana Hostel…
File Photo. Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has warned provincial executives and senior officials that not cooperating with her office’s investigations is an infringement that could lead to serious consequences. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mkhwebane said Public Protector investigators, who are dealing expeditiously with COVID-19 related matters, are…
South Africa is showing hopeful signs of flattening the COVID-19 curve, as the numbers of new cases and those admitted to hospital fall. However, citizens cannot afford to stop being vigilant, South Africa’s chief COVID-19 scientist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, warned this week. “If you let your guard down, even…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation,Blade Nzimande, has concluded the sector’s consultations with major stakeholders following the announcement of the Lockdown Alert Level 2 by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday 15th August 2020. Following the conclusion of these consultations, the Minister is issuing a public statement…
Photo Credit:Istock. The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has withdrawn its appeal to challenge the ban on tobacco and revealed it reached a settlement with the government. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban would fall away, along with those on alcohol sales and inter-provincial travel, when the country would…
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, says a new tender for the supply and delivery of laptops will be submitted to the Government Printing Works on Friday for publication on 4 September 2020. NSFAS was informed on 4 June 2020 by Higher Education, Science and…
File Photo. The National Assembly has passed the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill. The bills were approved during the National Assembly’s hybrid plenary held on Tuesday. The bills provide for the deferred payment of taxes, a skills development levy payment holiday, and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said four more airports have been given the green light to resume operations. Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday on the new COVID-19 regulations related to the transport sector under alert level 2, Mbalula named Mthatha Airport, Hoedspruit Airport, Phalaborwa Airport and Margate Airport…
File Photo. The North West Legislature has instructed the Office of the Premier to reinstate stipends for 43 learners affected by the cancellation of a Denel artisan study programme. The decision was taken during a meeting of the North West Provincial Legislature Portfolio Committee on the Premier, Finance, Cooperative Governance,…
File Photo. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has explained that any renewable energy developments within identified zones in South Africa will still require environmental authorisation. The department clarified the matter relating to environmental authorisation after it receive numerous requests from the media on the issue. “The publication in…
Summary of Latest Developments. Turkey's new coronavirus cases have jumped to its highest level since mid-June at 1,502, according to data provided by the government, which responded by banning some celebrations in 14 provinces. Champion sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus days after celebrating his 34th birthday with…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has called for citizens to value water during the annual Stockholm World Water Week official opening. Sisulu on Monday joined several water ministers across the globe to officially open this year’s session of the Stockholm World Water Week, which…
File Photo. The ANC’s national working committee has set the tone for what is expected to be a vigorous national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend that is dominated by issues of corruption. The NWC held a meeting on Monday where,a letter President Cyril Ramaphosa penned to party members received…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced reviewed transport regulations under level 2 of the lockdown. Mbalula said that the undertaking of short-distance public transport of 200km or less, buses, minibuses, midibuses, e-hailing services, metered taxis, shuttle service, chauffeur-driven vehicles, and scholar transport vehicles are permitted to carry 100%…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Covid-19 and global lockdowns will have an enduring impact on how prospective students will make decisions about higher education options in future, an education expert says. "Previously students opted for tradition, legacy and a particular mode of learning, being either contact or distance, depending on their circumstances…
Three suspects, among them two police officers, are this morning expected to appear before the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for allegedly defrauding and laundering proceeds from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) COVID-19 relief funds. This comes after the trio, aged between 25 and 39, were arrested in Durban on…
SASSA will reopen its system for approved applicants to change their preferred method of payment for the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD). SASSA CEO Totsie Memela announced that the window period for preferred method of payment is scheduled for Monday, 31 August 2020 to Sunday, 06 September…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries to desist from the nationalisation of COVID-19 vaccines and has requested that they join a vaccine pact. The call from WHO comes as countries across the world race to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Following a letter to all member…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola on Tuesday confirmed receiving a mandamus application from Afriforum on behalf of the Republic of Botswana. The application contains confirmatory affidavits purportedly signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of International Cooperation Unit at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has launched Woza Matrics, a free-to-air television initiative aimed at supporting the matric learners of 2020 following disruptions caused by COVID-19. The 12-week Woza Matrics campaign will start on 1 September 2020 and will support Grade 12 learners in the build-up to their…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission will hear BOSASA related from the former BOSASA employee :Bongiwe Dube, the owner of Victorian Guest House: Frederick Hendrick Coetzee, Personal Assistant of Nomvula Mokonyane ,Sandy Thomas, and Thomas Jonita. Former Bosasa employee Bongiwe Dube testified at the state capture commission of inquiry about…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The acting Gauteng Health MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, on Monday handed over 36 ventilator machines donated by the Solidarity Fund to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. According to the provincial department, this is the first batch of 1 000 ventilators that will be donated to 60 hospitals in…
File Photo. The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Member of Parliament (MP) Advocate Hishaam Mohamed. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones, to his colleagues, former colleagues and comrades and all who knew him,” the Minister…
South Africa has recorded a cumulative total of 611 450 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 677 new cases in the last 24 hours. Of the confirmed infections to date, 206,525 are in Gauteng, 110,102 in KwaZulu-Natal, 104,667 in the Western Cape and 85,240 in the Eastern…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has welcomed progress made by the Department of Water and Sanitation to address the challenges of pollution in the Gauteng municipalities of Emfuleni and the City of Tshwane. Commending the progress made in the two municipalities during a…
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has invited members of the public to comment on the intention to amend the Environment Conservation Act Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations. “Plastic waste has not only become a challenge in diverting it form going to landfill sites, but has…
Photo Credit:Bongani Mbatha. KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has appointed a team of experts to investigate a fire that broke out on municipal land adjacent to a plastic manufacturing factory at the weekend. According to Dube-Ncube’s department, the factory was gutted in the fire. The incident happened a few…
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology has expressed concerns over the delays in the procurement of the laptops for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) qualifying students. The committee noted that it is now four months since Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced…
A screengrab after fire at the historic Grey Street Mosque in Durban on 24 August 2020. The initial reports stated that the iconic Juma Masjid Mosque, which is situated in the Durban CBD, caught fire on Monday afternoon, it has now been confirmed that a block of flats was rather…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) will begin strike action this week despite meeting with government officials over the weekend to discuss key issues. Nehawu plans to strike against the government’s refusal to increase public servants’ salaries and a failure to offer adequate personal…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has announced the provision of R66 million to AgriSETA to train 400 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants to become artisans. The R66 million funding was allocated through the National Skills Fund (NSF) of the Department of Higher Education and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says while COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on South Africa, work is afoot to create a new, inclusive economy that will create employment and foster sustainable growth for all South Africans. “As we work with our social partners to develop an urgent economic recovery…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has challenged South Africa’s research institutions to accelerate innovation in medical advancement to ensure that the National Healthcare Insurance becomes a reality. The Health Minister made the call in his address during the virtual 2020 Bio Africa Convention on Monday. “We have noticed during this…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has reiterated that no health care worker should be exposed to the risk of contracting COVID-19 on duty due to inadequate training, protection and support, including the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Health Department met with unions on Saturday to ventilate…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly reprimanded Finance Minister Tito Mboweni following comments made by the Minister on social media regarding the removal of Zambia’s Central Bank Governor by President Edgar Lungu. In one of his tweets, Mboweni “promises to mobilise”, if not given the reasons the Zambian Central…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, has expressed shock at the death of three Tshwane Metro Police officers, who were killed in a head-on collision at the hands of a suspected drunk driver. According to reports, in the early hours of Sunday morning, a TMPD vehicle collided head-on with…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is in a serious condition with a fever, her party's spokeswoman has said. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has warned the country is on the brink of…
Photo Credit:Department of Social Development. The deputy director-general of welfare services in the Department of Social Development, Connie Nxumalo, has died of Covid-19. Nxumalo, who had been admitted to hospital due to Covid-19-related complications, died in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to a statement released by Social Development…
Photo Credit:GCIS. I write this letter to you, my fellow ANC member, as our movement and our country face one of the greatest challenges since the advent of democracy. I am sure that you are aware that across the nation there is a sense of anger and disillusionment at reports…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Summary of Latest Developments. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) warned the country is on brink of nationwade pandemic following the highest daily number of coronavirus cases recorded since March. India is generating the highest number of daily new cases in the world for the last…
Asithandile Zozo was stabbed multiple times on Monday. Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendriks. Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, said Wits student and gender-based violence activist Asithandile 'Kwasa' Zozo’s killer must face the full might of the law. Zozo’s killer appeared in the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has applauded the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for its progress in dealing with the challenges facing state-owned entities (SOEs). “There are many developments that are being observed since the last meeting and this is very encouraging,” said Chairperson of the…
Summary of Latest Developments. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said he would shut down the United States to contain its coronavirus outbreak if experts recommended such a measure. Brazil's COVID-19 outbreak is stabilising and any reversal of the virus's rampant spread in the vast country would be "a success…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Anoj Singh, has been stripped of his SAICA membership following a disciplinary inquiry that found him guilty of 12 of the 18 charges he faced related to his conduct while he oversaw the finances of both Eskom and Transet respectively. Singh's membership was suspended last year as…
While the number of claims for compensation as a result of sickness acquired in the workplace because of the COVID-19 pandemic are still going up, very few people have lodged death claims as a result of the virus. According to the Department of Employment and Labour, only one funeral has…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has assured health care workers that their safety remains a priority, as they continue to battle the COVID-19 outbreak. The Minister’s comments come amid a planned picket by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) over their concerns on the availability…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Health Department has recruited close to 2 400 medical interns, as the country grapples with mounting COVID-19 cases and a struggling health system. This move is the biggest intern allocation programme in history, according to the department. The department said the 2 369 locally recruited interns…
File Photo. The Competition Commission has welcomed the withdrawal of the appeal lodged by Dis-Chem Pharmacies after being found guilty by the Competition Tribunal on 7 July 2020. On Thursday, Dis-Chem filed a notice of withdrawal to appeal at the Competition Appeals Court. “I am pleased that Dis-Chem has made…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. South African banks during this bleak period have provided their clients with voluntary relief on loans with a book value of R537 billion. This was confirmed by the board of the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) during a meeting with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday. Also…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Office of the Military Ombud has found that the official conduct of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members was improper, irregular and in contravention of the Code of Conduct, Operational Orders and Rules of Engagement in their interaction with the Khosa family and other members…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Summary of Latest Developments. The French health ministry has reported 4,711 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown record and a level last seen during the height of the epidemic in France. Germany confirmed 1,707 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the…
Photo Credit:Alet Pretorius. Former IPID boss Robert Mcbride will be cross-examined at the state capture inquiry. McBride has previously postponed appearing before the commission for questioning. In his testimony, he implicated some members of law enforcement agencies. McBride told the commission that the North West head of commercial crime investigations,…
The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has unveiled a programme to empower youth from the remote areas of the country by giving out laptops with internet connectivity. The public-private partnership between mobile operator MTN and the department has been working with various municipalities and community youth centres…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the African Union (AU) Chairperson, has assured African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretary General, Wamkele Mene, of his unwavering support in the execution of his duties to promote the AfCFTA. Ramaphosa gave Mene his support during the handover ceremony of…
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has recently revealed the racial divide in COVID-19 deaths, with Blacks and Coloureds more likely to succumb to the disease in South Africa. “Race is for the first time reported to have an association with in-hospital mortality, with a higher risk of mortality…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on taxi operators, taxi drivers and civil society to engage government on a plan that will see the taxi industry as an integral part of the formal economy. The Minister made these remarks on Thursday during the launch of the National Taxi…
File Photo. The National Home Builders' Registration Council (NHBRC) Disciplinary Committee has fined the eThekwini Municipality R1.2 million for failing to enrol 60 subsidy houses that were under construction at Inanda. According to the NHBRC, the municipality, which was the developer of the Umqhawe project, commenced with the construction of…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom will once again implement stage 2 load shedding between 9am and 10pm today as the power grid remains constrained. “While Eskom teams have today and yesterday successfully returned three-generation units to service, a further three units tripped, two of which have returned,” Eskom said on Wednesday…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Government, in collaboration with the private sector, is putting plans in place to roll out hydrogen fuel cell technologies in various parts of South Africa. These will serve as alternative energy sources to the country's electricity grid. Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) Director-General, Dr Phil Mjwara said…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 596 060 after 3 916 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 455 671 with 25 324 new tests conducted since the last report. A…
Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu. Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha believes the province’s personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement processes have been fair and transparent. However, where there are doubts, he has faith that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) will take action. “They will definitely leave no stone unturned in unearthing any form…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. As South African schools’ participation in the global Tournament of Minds contest continues to grow each year, this year’s event will be an historic one, taking place virtually as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Launched in Australia in 1987, the tournament has since become an international…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union (AU) Chair and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the unconstitutional change of government in Mali. The AU Chair learnt with concern of developments in the Republic of Mali, which led to the forced resignation of Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on Tuesday. Ramaphosa demands…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has urged the sector to avoid becoming a source of the spread of the pandemic. The Minister made the plea during a press briefing on Wednesday after more trading restrictions on the sector were further lifted as the country’s lockdown moved to level 2.…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal said that it welcomed the appointment of corruption accused former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to the provincial legislature. Gumede was sworn in as an MPL earlier in the day, taking the place of former ANC KZN spokesperson, Ricardo Mthembu, who…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. As the country’s dam levels continue to drop week-on-week, the Department of Water and Sanitation, through its National Command Centre (NCC) is distributing health and hygiene materials for residents to substitute water use, as a means to curb the spread of COVID-19. Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik…
Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, says the recently upgraded roads in Emfuleni Local Municipality will go a long way in facilitating the smoother running of commerce in the district. The Department of Roads and Transport undertook a five-month road rehabilitation project, valued at R9 million,…
Photo Credit: Martin Rhodes. South Africa’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Lulu Xingwana, has called on business to help in developing economic strategies for a post-COVID-19 world. “This therefore requires all of us to focus our energies on developing economic recovery strategies post-Covid-19. We have noticed that our countries have…
Community Safety Oversight Committee Chairperson, Alderman David Berg, has donated 6 100 masks to the fight against COVID-19 in the City of Ekurhuleni. Received by the Speaker of Council, Alderwoman Patricia Kumalo during a brief handover, the masks will provide an essential layer of protection to vulnerable communities. Kumalo expressed…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has briefed Parliament on matters related to the Copyright and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bills. This as Parliament on Tuesday began the process of considering certain constitutional concerns relating to the two bills, which were previously passed by the National Assembly and…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has recorded 592 144 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 2 258 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 430 347 with 14 677 new tests conducted since the last…
Public comment on the geographical areas identified as Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) for wind and solar, and required environmental authorisation processes has been extended to 4 September. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries extends the comment period for the Government Notices related to the REDZ programme on 17…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The South African Payroll Association (SAPA) is conducting a survey on the country’s payroll systems to obtain insights into South Africa’s payroll deductions landscape. SAPA will conduct the survey on behalf of the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, National Credit Regulator, Department of…
File Photo. Acting Gauteng Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo has assured nurses who were appointed on COVID-19 contracts that their salaries will be processed by the end of August. This follows reports, which surfaced over the weekend alleging that 80 COVID-19 contract nurses at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital had not…
South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) which supports the country’s ability to meeting its obligations in terms of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, has been approved. “This strategy defines the country’s vulnerabilities, plans to reduce those vulnerabilities and leverage opportunities, outlines the required resources for such action,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has welcomed the country’s move to level 2 of lockdown, highlighting the province’s measures to deal with the eased restrictions. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Cabinet’s decision to move to level 2 of lockdown by easing restrictions to reignite the economy and…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has vowed to take swift action against officials in his department after it took almost a year to amend a minor’s birth certificate. The Minister has since delivered the amended birth certificate on Monday after the officials of the…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced that it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding from 4pm to 10pm today. The power utility said the system is severely constrained. Meanwhile, stage 2 load shedding will continue on Wednesday between 9am and 10pm. "The breakdown of four units overnight and this…
Picture: @SBu_Mseleku Facebook. Former City Press veteran sports editor, Sbusiso Mseleku has passed away last night. Mseleku, 59, worked for several newspapers as a sports journalist and columnist both in Durban and Johannesburg. He retired as Joburg weekly City Press’ sports editor a year and a half ago. Family spokesman…
Photo Credit:Angola Press. The 40th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC has condemned terrorism and violent attacks in Mozambique, while pledging support for the southern African country. “The summit expressed SADC solidarity and commitment to support Mozambique in addressing the terrorism and violent attacks, and condemned…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has refuted allegations that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Director-General Mbulelo Tshangana are at odds with one another. The allegation that the two are at odds stems from a recent weekend newspaper report pertaining to the appointment of Dr Les Konar to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has announced that the second wave of COVID-19 Relief funding for the arts, culture and heritage sector officially opens on Tuesday. Addressing a media briefing on Monday, the Minister said the closing date for all applications is 31 August 2020.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa country has risen to 589 886 after 2 541 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 415 670 with 15 032 new tests conducted since the last report.…
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has unfunded 5 000 students for the 2020 academic year, after an audit found that their household family income was above the R350 000 threshold. In a statement on Monday, NSFAS said the financial information was obtained from the South African Revenue Services…
The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has urged the public to be vigilant and stick to the health protocols. “While home visits are allowed, let’s stick to the health protocols of wearing masks, washing hands, sanitising and social distancing, so that your visits don’t turn into grief,” Cooperative Governance and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. One of the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of five women in Mthwalume, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, has committed suicide. The two men, aged 35 and 40, were arrested last week Friday following the recent discovery of the fifth body of an unidentified woman…
Photo Credit:GCIS. While people will be able to buy alcohol and drink at restaurants, bars or shebeens, the doors of nightclubs will remain closed to the public under level 2 of the lockdown. “Having seen how young people have carried the virus to the elderly from nightclubs, we’ll continue with…
Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. The Department of Social Development has allocated R100 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery (CARA) Funds Account to provide financial support to organisations rendering services to victims of crime, gender based violence and femicide (GBVF). The allocation of the funds account is part of the measures…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has expressed shock at the grisly discovery of decomposed bodies of women in Mtwalume, KwaZulu-Natal, in recent weeks. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Commission described the five discoveries as disheartening. While the last body was found in July, the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. South Africa’s move to level 2 of the lockdown is a step in the right direction, says the South African Medical Association (SAMA). “This is the correct decision by government and signals a major shift in the country’s response to the Coronavirus. We are happy with this decision…
Photo Credit:Reuters. The Denel board has announced the appointment of Talib Sadik as the interim Group Chief Executive. A qualified Chartered Accountant (SA), Sadik momentarily takes over the reins from Danie Du Toit, who stepped down from the post on 15 August. Sadik is a former non-executive Denel director and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned South Africans against letting their guard down by not observing COVID-19 health and safety protocols. South Africa moves to level 2 of the lockdown at midnight, in a move that will see many restrictions lifted. “With this comes increased risk of transmission. We…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded a total of 587 345 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 3 692 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 400 638 with 22 609 new tests…
File Photo. The ANC has thrown its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa following his announcements that the country would move to lockdown Alert Level 2. Ramaphosa announced last night that South Africa would move to lockdown level 2 from midnight on Monday, 17 August 2020. The decision, he said, was…
File:Paul David. Picture: Kathrada Foundation/Twitter. President Cyril Ramphosa has expressed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of anti-apartheid activist Paul David who passed away on Thursday, 13 August 2020, at the age of 79. The President’s thoughts are with the David family and the extensive network of friends and activists…
The Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012, was a tragic and historic event in South Africa. A judicial commission of inquiry was set up to investigate how it came about put much of the blame on the police. It was…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move to lockdown level 2 from midnight on Monday, 17 August 2020. The decision, he said, was in light of the steadily declining number of COVID-19 infections. "The further easing of restrictions presents us with the greatest opportunity since the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases now stand at 583 653. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 378 029 with 26 918 new tests conducted since the last report. A further 121 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 5…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced Cabinet’s decision to move the entire country to alert level 2 on Saturday night. South Africa will move to alert level 2 of the national lockdown at midnight on 17 August 2020, current restrictions such as international travel will remain in place to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight on the strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. Ramphosa's address follows a meeting earlier this week of the National Coronavirus Command Council and meetings on Saturday of the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet. The address will be broadcast live…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has extended the national state of disaster by another month. Government declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act on 15 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation at 8pm on developments around the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. The address follows meetings with the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet. The address will be broadcast live on television…
Photo Credit:Istock. The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) leave to appeal the dismissal of the cigarette ban challenge. Fita approached the court after the high court dismissed its legal challenge on the current ban. The tobacco association is arguing that tobacco should be…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has condemned the recent spate of illegal occupation of private properties, including land and housing units in various parts of the country. This follows the recent incident where people illegally occupied housing units in Fleurhof, Johannesburg. Sisulu warned that the illegal act…
Photo Credit:Bob Mabena Instagram. The funeral service for veteran broadcaster,Bob Mabena will take place at a crematorium West of Pretoria from noon on Saturday. Mabena died from a suspected cardiac arrest on Monday aged 51. His broadcasting career started 31 years ago at the then Radio Bop at the Bophuthatswana…
Summary of Latest Developments. The United Kingdom says all arrivals from France and the Netherlands will be subject to a 14-day quarantine starting on Saturday, prompting Paris to warn of a "reciprocal measure". An inquiry report into the virus-infected Ruby Princess cruise ship allowed to disembark in Sydney found Australian…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says the decision by Minister Gwede Mantashe to withdraw his appeal against the 2010 Mining Charter ruling, paves the way for certainty on the legal status of the 2018 Mining Charter. In a statement issued on Thursday, the department…
Photo Credit:Robert Tshabalala. The Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Justice Glynnis Breytenbach has implored both the NPA and the Hawks to use their newly granted powers, which allow them to swoop on any person implicated at the State Capture Inquiry. She is demanding that former finance minister Malusi Gigaba and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. South Africa was a much safer place to live in during the first quarter of 2020/2021, as crime statistics show major decreases in all crime categories when compared to the same period last year. Presenting the crime statistics from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020, Police Minister,…
Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has expressed cautious optimism as the country’s COVID-19 cases take a dip and government bolsters efforts to prevent further transmission of the deadly virus. Mkhize was speaking during an official welcoming of the first members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) surge team that has arrived…
Photo Credit: Ashraf Hendricks. South Africa’s initial COVID-19 lockdown saw gender-based violence and sexual crimes dramatically decrease during levels 5 and 4. Sexual offences crimes decreased between April and June, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. Releasing the inaugural first quarter crime statistics, Cele said between April and June,…
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has reflected on the important role played by the Cuban Brigade in assisting South Africa's efforts to combat the Coronavirus. Joined by the Cuban Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson during a virtual meeting, the two talked about the work of the Cuban doctors, who arrived in…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the late Ambassador John Nkadimeng, saying his death has robbed South Africa of a valuable repository of knowledge and experience. Nkadimeng is among a number of veterans who have passed away in recent months, including Ntate Andrew Mlangeni, his fellow Rivonia…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has, as of Friday, disbursed R40-billion in COVID-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme disbursements to cushion the economic blow of the lockdown on workers as a result of the pandemic. “Today we reached that magical figure that we committed to make the lives of workers in the…
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says many areas in the province have passed its peak following a decline in hospitalisations, deaths, and the percentage of positive tests overall. “The combined capacity of hospitals in the Cape Town metro, including non-COVID-19 patients is stable at 69%,” Winde said during his weekly…
File Photo. The funeral service for stalwart and ambassador John Nkadimeng is underway at his home in Kew, North of Johannesburg. A family Pastor, Deacon Mathe is leading the prayer. President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver the eulogy at the main service at Marks Park Sports Club in Johannesburg. Dignitaries such as…
Photo Credit:Kathering Muick-Mere. Tributes are pouring in, condolences for Bob Mabena’s passing are plentiful and heartfelt, and the deep-seated sense of loss has us, both media and public aghast. They say he is gone, and logic tells me it is what it is, but my mind cannot reconcile that fact,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has implored the boards of the South African Post Office (SAPO) and Postbank to fast track the digitisation of banking services to make them more efficient. This comes after the Minister, during meetings with the entities in the past two weeks,…
Photo Credit:Reuters. The Gauteng Health Department has expressed concern over the spate of abandoned babies after birth. This year alone, 118 babies were left at various public hospitals in the province. Chief reasons cited range from teenage mothers being fearful of their parents, unwanted and unplanned pregnancies to lack of…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of 572 865 cases of coronavirus in South Africa. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 315 497 with 20 063 new tests conducted since the last report. A further 260 COVID-19 related deaths were…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will start opening and processing the July/August COVID-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits applications from next week, while winding down outstanding claims. This follows the signing of the new Direction on extended period of benefits by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on 11…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, has extended the validity period of the COVID-19 Disaster Agricultural Support Fund Voucher. The fund is aimed at providing assistance to distressed small-scale farmers, who need financial relief from the impact of COVID-19. The validity period for…
Photo Credit:Kathering Muick-Mere. The Mabena and POWER 98.7 family invites you to join us as we pay tribute to the legendary Bob Mabena during a virtual memorial service at 15:00 on Thursday 13 August 2020. Mabena passed away on Monday 10 August. His tragic passing brings an end to his…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called on citizens to remain vigilant because while the COVID-19 storm in the province has slowed down, it is yet to pass. “The storm has not passed, it has just slowed down… we must say as Gauteng we are still a very vulnerable province. A…
Photo Credit:Getty Images The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) says there are hopeful signs that the Coronavirus pandemic may have reached its peak in all the provinces by the end of July 2020. According to this week's report, the number of estimated excess deaths have begun to decrease, consistent…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has urged police to improve their efforts in dealing with crime in Umthwalume, in the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Khoza made the call during her visit in Umthwalume on Wednesday, following the gruesome murder of young women who were found in a…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation says rising spring temperatures are causing the country’s dam levels to continue to drop week-on-week. “The trend is expected to continue until the first summer rains come down at the end of October this year,” the department said on Thursday. According…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Health Department says 240 healthcare professionals have succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa, with the public sector being the hardest hit. “We salute these fallen soldiers and pay tribute to them for their commitment to serving the people of South Africa right until the very end. We…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed the arrival of the oil and gas drill rig - DeepSea Stavanger in Cape Town. The rig has been commissioned by petroleum giant Total and its partners to drill the Luiperd prospect in Block 11B/12B off the Mossel…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. A team from the North West Department of Health, led by Administrator Jeanette Hunter, on Wednesday raided offices of the Mmabatho Medical Depot and uncovered unpaid invoices of 50 companies, worth millions. Some of the unpaid invoices dates back to 2014. When the Administrator’s team arrived at the…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. The Prudential Authority (PA), an entity of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), has expressed its intention to appeal a court judgment setting aside sections of the Venda Building Society (VBS) Bank audit report. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the PA said it considered the Pretoria…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council to discuss the country’s economic recovery in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Council is a non-statutory and independent body chaired by the President and brings together prominent economists and technical…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom is today implementing Stage 2 load shedding,due to an increase in generation unit breakdowns. Stage 2 load shedding kicked off at 8am and is expected to continue until 10pm tonight. “This load shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns during the night and…
Image: Via Twitter/MyNorthernCapeTV @myncapetv. Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced this evening that the South Africa has recorded 568,919 confirmed coronavirus cases. The country recorded 2,810 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours - the second day in a row that fewer than 3,000 infections that have been confirmed. The…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to ease lockdown restrictions, including the possible scrapping of an alcohol sales ban,according to reliable sources. This is in light of the fact that fewer confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported daily. A forum made up of directors-general of national departments (Fosad)‚ met…
A digital fundraising campaign is being launched this week to raise funds to cover the cost of data for South African non-profit organisations (NPOs) that are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiated and led by Inyathelo (The South African Institute for Advancement), the #keepconnecting campaign launches…
Tensions ran high in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, where at least 2000 people were evicted for illegally occupying a government housing project. Rubber bullets have been fired at the Fleurhof housing development in Johannesburg. The Red Ants, the JMPD, SAPS and private security are currently at the scene. However, residents…
Photo Credit:Angola Press. The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet virtually on Thursday in preparation for the 40th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government. “During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique Verónica Nataniel…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has announced that the 2020 Grade 12s will concurrently write mid-year and final examinations between 5 November and 15 December. The reconfiguration of the examination calendar comes after the school year was severely disrupted by the lengthy closure of schools since March…
The Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) has recorded a slight improvement in safety compliance in the private sector, while the government sector has seen a slight decline. Inspector General Aggy Moiloa on Tuesday said the private sector has registered an improvement of one percentage point…
Photo Credit:GCIS. KwaZulu-Natal has overtaken the Western Cape on Tuesday, becoming the province with the second-highest Coronavirus infections in the country. The Health Department reported 2 512 new identified cases, which bring the total to 566 109 in South Africa. Of these new cases, 1 309 were reported in KwaZulu-Natal,…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and its stakeholders says they have been working around the clock to implement the South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Plan process closer to finalisation. The department said to complete the process, it is overseeing four phases, which include the restructuring…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has dismissed allegations that her family is involved in COVID-19 tender procurement. False news has been making the rounds on various social media platforms, alleging the involvement of the Minister’s husband, Dr Mathole Motshekga, in the production of sanitisers for schools. “The allegations…
Photo Credit:AP. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. She is the first black woman to serve in the role. Harris – a former Democratic presidential rival and a barrier-breaking former prosecutor – is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, and…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that COVID-19 cases in South Africa have increased by 2 511 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 566 109. A total of 3 278 977 tests have been conducted since March, with 11 483 completed in the last 24-hours.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Summary of Latest Developments. President Vladimir Putin said Russia has developed the first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against coronavirus. New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections in 102 days. Worldwide coronavirus cases have surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in…
Government has explained that the work of the ministers appointed by Cabinet to a ministerial task team, does not have a responsibility to investigate COVID-19 related contracts. “The task of the ministerial committee is to compile and publish details of all COVID-19 related contracts awarded by all state entities. Contrary…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will hear evidence on Tuesday relating to Ministerial appointments from former Finance Minister Des Van Rooyen. Live proceedings will be streamed in the video below: Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Kathering Muick-Mere. President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of legendary radio personality, Bob Mabena. Mabena passed away on Sunday, 10 August 2020, at the age of 51. Mabena was a renowned television and radio personality, who started his career in 1989. “This is a…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. As Grade 7 learners return to school today, the Department of Basic Education has urged communities to protect schools against individuals and groups threatening to close schools and disrupt learning. The department said it has become aware of attempts made by some members of school governing bodies…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral to honour the late struggle stalwart and esteemed member of the Order of Luthuli in Gold, Ntate John Nkadimeng. Nkadimeng passed away on 06 August 2020, at the age of 93. Ramaphosa expressed his deepest condolences to the family,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Health says Minister Zweli Mkhize does not own a personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing company. The department released a statement on Monday in response to messages that appeared on various threads on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming the Minister owns a PPE manufacturing company, “We…
Photo Credit:GCIS. South Africa's total number of confirmed infections rise to 563 598, with the death toll going up by 213. A further 213 new Covid-19 related deaths were reported: 57 from Eastern Cape, 39 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu Natal, 64 from the Free State, 10 from Mpumalanga, 30…
Photo Credit: @mabenabob/Instagram.com. Veteran broadcaster Bob Mabena has passed away at the age of 51. Mabena is known for having hosted some of South Africa’s biggest radio shows in his career, spanning over 30 years. Heartbroken fans and industry colleagues of the beloved radio legend flooded social media with tributes…
Photo Credit:Kathering Muick-Mere. Legendary radio personality Bob Mabena has died from cardiac arrest, aged 51. Mabena’s cause of death was confirmed by his employers, Power FM. Given Mkhari, chairman of POWER 98.7 and MSG Afrika, on Monday confirmed that radio veteran Bob Mabena has died. The 51-year-old hosted some of…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Russian authorities have reported 5,118 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing the country's tally to 892,654. Australian state of Victoria has announced 19 deaths as it battles a resurgent virus in Melbourne. Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Yesterday, the country celebrated Women’s Day. This occasion marks the anniversary of the day in 1956 when 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings - a great sea of womankind speaking many languages, from different places and of all races. They were united in their demand for…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of 559,858 cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 6,670 cases from the 553,188 infections reported previously. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 250 583 with 30 318…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday spoke out against the abuse of women and children. “As we mark Women's Day this year, South Africa is in the grip of two pandemics - the Coronavirus pandemic and the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide. Ever more women and children are…
File Photo. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is set to conduct a trial to the first digital census to be conducted in the country. “The Census 2021 Trial, scheduled to start from 10 August to 6 September 2020 in selected areas around the country will test online and telephonic data…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has issued an apology to Derek Hanekom following the Constitutional Court ruling that he had defamed the former tourism minister. Zuma tweeted a rather cheeky apology in isiZulu and English which translated reads: “Mr Hanekom wrote the following message after seeking a court…
File Photo. As the country commemorates Women’s Day, Parliament’s Presiding Officers have paid tribute to South African women. “Today we honour all women who fought for the freedom and democracy we have today and those who continue to fight for a just, equal and humane world,” said Presiding Officers led…
Boyce Maneli File Photo. The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has annoucned that MP Boyce Maneli and Merafong Mayor Maphefo Letsie should step down from their positions. Letsie has been asked to vacate her position because she failed to take action against officials who were implicated in the VBS…
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